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Situated on a plateau "south" overlooking the Morzine valley, Avoriaz 1800 is the heart of the largest ski area International Europe: Les Portes du Soleil. A common plan for 12 Portes du Soleil, giving access to 650 km of slopes, allows skiers to cross the border freely and to grant a gourmet break in Switzerland.

At first glance, Avoriaz captivates by its magic. Clinging to the mountain, it twinkles with thousands of lights of the sun plays with red cedar shingles covering the facades. Wood elegantly dressed each residence, each cottage.

Pedestrianized, sleds slide in the heart of the station and cross skiers, walkers and children sledding in a merry jingle bells. Nestled in lush snow Avoriaz has built its reputation on its bold contemporary architecture and has obtained the label "Heritage of the 20th Century" award by the French Ministry of Culture.

Avoriaz the delight of children and adults through activities adapted to each: the smaller learning to ski at Children's Village Annie Famose while the greatest discover the Stash, the first ecological snowpark in Europe.

White winter it turns into green summer resort and offers a multitude of sports and leisure activities.

A page of history ... Initiated in the early 60s by Jean Vuarnet, embodied by Gerard Bremond (current CEO of Pierre & Vacances) and carried out by a handful of architects futuristic talents and were advised that Jacques Labro, Jean-Marc Roques, Jean-Jacques Orzoni, Avoriaz has, during his youth more than thirty years to adapt to the aspirations of all.

The boom years ... The layout of the station agreement (signed December 28, 1962) allows the developer to develop the plateau "of Avorea" its ski fields and also to use the lifts. The current access road was a winding path and earth cable construction. After much effort and perseverance, Dromonts hotel opens its doors December 22, 1966. It is the heart of the resort and this innovative architecture sets the tone for future construction. Volumes are created based on the surrounding nature, integrated landscape materials. The architecture leaves red cedar dressing structures without any form of varnish. Then time shapes, patina, makes the site unique.

21 International Fantastic Film Festival from 1973 to 1993 ... Second Film Festival by its reputation, just after Cannes. From 1973 to 1993, the biggest names in fantasy film or not, but also personalities from all walks of life, arts, literature, sports, TV and media have had the privilege to be part of the festival, invited Brand or jury. The Fantastic Film Festival of Avoriaz also will be remembered for having made the discovery and promotion of film authors today dedicated: Steven Spielberg, who won the first Grand Prix in 1973 with "Duel" David Cronenberg from David Lynch ("The Elephant Man" Grand Prix 1980), Brian de Palma ("Carrie"), George Miller ("Mad Max") or Luc Besson in 1983 presented his first feature film in black and white "The last fight. "

Finally in 2011 and 2012, takes a Avoriaz ever known dimension with many facilities such as new homes, a new arena, a new spa, a new cable and a single site concept aqualudique mountain Aquariaz.

The future ... Original planning choices - car-free, integrated site, non-polluting electric heating, skis - are exemplified and admired other stations. With this early youth, the station is about to enter the peak of his era and focuses on supporting its identity that it has most precious environment. Avoriaz has remain true and original. The ideas that gave rise to evolve in the same thread. Built of wood and stone, the resort blends perfectly into the surrounding elements that are cliffs, meadows and forests.


  • To discover Avoriaz:
  • The Chapel of Prisoners: At the entrance to the station, the Chapel of the prisoners is shaped like the prow. Designed in 1960 by architect Faublée, this work is dedicated to the memory of deportees from 1940-45. Despite traditional materials, it foreshadows the contemporary style of the resort.
  • The bell tower of the Tourist Office: Built in 1984 by architect Jacques Labro, the steeple Avoriaz 1800 is contemporary in style. Dressed in red cedar shingles, its volume is integrated into the environment. The building and bell tower just received the Ministry of Culture label architectural heritage of great achievement of the 20th century.
  • With regard to the activities:
  • In winter: skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, paragliding, ice diving, mountain biking on snow, night tobogganing, avoriaz spa, fitness, ice skating ...
  • In summer: hiking areas, biking, golf, mini golf, tennis, beach volleyball, climbing, water sports (rafting, canyoning, white water swimming), paragliding, archery, quad, horseback riding, outdoor heated pool with wading pool, spa (sauna, jacuzzi, steam room), fitness classes, fitness ...


  • The events of the winter:
  • Festival of the slopes and Christmas in December of Avoriaz.
  • Week Cabaret and dinner shows in January.
  • Snow Carnival in February.
  • AvoNight Parties in February.
  • Rock the Slopes Festival in late March.
  • Up Jazz Festival Avoriaz early April.


  • Miss:
  • Lake Geneva.
  • Lake Montriond.
  • Activities in the area, in summer:
  • Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding and wakesurfing Lake Geneva.
  • Mountain biking in Morzine-profile down.
  • Adventure in Morzine.


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Monday 26 January
Min. -4°C - Max. 3°C
Tuesday 27 January
Min. -7°C - Max. 0°C
Wednesday 28 January
Min. -11°C - Max. -2°C


French cuisine restaurantLa Grange à Germaine
COSY COMFORT - Located in the heart of the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil at 1200 meters altitude, La Grange à Germaine you back instantly in the cozy and warm atmosphere of true mountain...
Located 3.1 km from Avoriaz32 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantAubergade
'Up on the mountain ...' - Hidden in the heart of the mountain, is a traditional chalet where you will discover the richness of Savoy. You will come to warm up after a long day of snow...
Located 5.7 km from Avoriaz22 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantL'Outa   NEW
Les Gets
CUISINE DE MONTAGNE - À 50 mètres de la piste principale des Gets « Les Chavannes », au coeur de la Haute-Savoie, un restaurant traditionnel cosy, à l’ambiance jazzy et à la déco...
Located 9.2 km from Avoriaz41 € per person 

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Chalet with 5 bedroomsAu Balcon de Verchaix    
Located on a sunny valley near Samoens and the Grand Massif ski area, Armelle Philip and open the doors of their cottages. At your disposal 5 rooms for 2 to 3 persons with private bathroom,...
Located 12.6 km from AvoriazFrom 69 € to 75 € the double room 
Farm with 3 bedroomsLa Simonière    
3 cottages: Tangerine - House 2-4 people - Very comfortable - bed 2 persons and private lounge (with sofa bed), bathroom and independent and separate WC. Television. Emerald - House...
Located 18 km from AvoriazFrom 50 € to 60 € the double room 
Chalet with 4 bedroomsHamacopic    
In a former farmhouse on a large flat with private entrance and parking, four bedrooms with bathroom and toilet, balcony and terrace loan hammocks, open year-round opportunity to host...
Located 18.7 km from AvoriazFrom 56 € to 66 € the double room 

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Chalet for 11 personsChez Véronique   SPECIAL OFFER
- Old farm completely remade inside, located in a little village very typical of former houses in the area of 'haut Chablais' in Savoy (French Alps), at the edge of wood and fields...
Located 7.1 km from AvoriazFrom 650 € to 1950 € per week 
Apartment for 5 personsLe manoir situé à coté des pistes et E.
Les Gets
In a large chalet located next to the sfs and tracks. Skis.
Located 8.7 km from Avoriaz500 € per week 
Chalet for 18 personsChalet refuge du Rati  
Chalet refuge located 8 km from Morzine, 500 m above the parking cervical Encrenaz accessible all year round, altitude 1500 m, above the baseline (on skis) chairlift Northern Darling,...
Located 9.5 km from AvoriazFrom 1120 € to 1470 € per week 

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25 places over 1 haCamping pre bandaz   
Located in Haute Savoie, just above Lake Geneva, the Camping du Pré Bandaz offers you quiet and a charming stay. Burquier family will be happy to accommodate you with ease.
Located 24 km from Avoriaz11.80 € per day 

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Hotel des Dromonts - Hotel in AvoriazHotel des Dromonts     
This hotel is in the Avoriaz ski resort in the Haute-Savoie region with direct access to the ski slopes. It features a piano bar and rooms with mountain views. The guest rooms at the...
Located in AvoriazRoom from 196 €
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Premium L'Amara - Hotel in AvoriazRésidence Pierre & Vacances Premium L'Amara     
This residence is situated in Avoriaz, just 7.3 km from skifields at Les Gets. It has an indoor, heated swimming pool, self-catering apartments as well as a bar and restaurant. Guest...
Located in AvoriazRoom from 316 €
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Saskia Falaise - Hotel in AvoriazRésidence Pierre & Vacances Saskia Falaise     
Résidence Saskia Falaise is located in Avoriaz 1800 ski resort, with direct access to the slopes. It features apartments with private balconies and panoramic views of the Morzine Valley....
Located in AvoriazRoom from 84 €

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Royal Rochebrune
Royal Rochebrune, located 70 km from Geneva, is at the foot of Megève’s 450 km network of ski slopes and 60 metres from Rochebrune Telepherique. It offers...
Royal Rochebrune
Royal Rochebrune, located 70 km from Geneva, is at the foot of Megève’s 450 km network of ski slopes and 60 metres from Rochebrune...
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